Aides and Abettors: Millan Hupp, a top aide at the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned after testifying in Congress about personal tasks she performed for Administrator Scott Pruitt—the latest in a string of scandals that led Hupp to quit, EPA officials say. And people close to Paul Manafort have recognized his longtime aide Konstantin Kilimnik as the person referred to in court filings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as someone “with ties to Russian intelligence.” Franklin Foer puts it bluntly: “Donald Trump’s campaign chairman had a pawn of Russian intelligence as his indispensable alter ego.” Here’s Foer’s story.
Social-Media Setbacks: A New York Times investigation revealed that Facebook made a deal with the Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei, which has been linked to the Chinese government, to install versions of the social-media service on Huawei phones. Alexis C. Madrigal weighs the security risks that connection could pose to users’ data. Elsewhere on the internet, YouTube suspended many prominent gambling channels over what the company said were violations of its community guidelines. Yet those guidelines are notoriously vague, and the company’s history of seemingly arbitrary moderation can threaten its users’ livelihoods.
In the spring of 2016, a 12-year-old named Gabriel Brasfield spent three and a half months in a psychiatric hospital in Chicago. His hair, which he liked to wear cropped, grew long and unkempt. He forgot what it felt like to wear shoes because he was allowed to wear only hospital socks. He missed months of school, and couldn’t go outside. He celebrated his 13th birthday at the hospital, where he said the walls were bare and there was little to do.
And for eight weeks of those three and a half months, he didn’t even need to be there. Doctors had agreed Brasfield was ready to be discharged about six weeks after he arrived, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which is his legal guardian, couldn’t find anywhere for him to go.
What Do You Know … About Science, Technology, and Health?
As the school year winds down, students across the United States are continuing the centuries-old tradition of exchanging yearbook signatures, an act that has changed along with the culture that surrounds it. Though some adults might cringe at the popular signature styles of their teenage years, nostalgia for school days past is generally more pleasant than problematic. So is longing for a time before robocalls, when people used to run eagerly to answer a ringing telephone. But when it’s done on a larger cultural scale, looking to the past can be counterproductive: A new book argues that dwelling on the glory of the Islamic Golden Age may be hindering recognition for the work done by modern-day researchers in the Middle East, and could even contribute to religious fundamentalism.
Can you remember the other key facts from this week’s science, technology, and health coverage? Test your knowledge below:
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In sum, I found absolutely no evidence that a Stanley Greenberg-prompted Democratic Party (or a Pat Buchanan-led Republican Party) could mobilize white middle-class Americans on the basis of class consciousness. I found no evidence that economic differences explain much of anything about the divide between Red and Blue America ...
Pew has conducted a broad survey of the differences between Red and Blue states. The survey found that views on economic issues do not explain the different voting habits in the two regions. There simply isn’t much of the sort of economic dissatisfaction that could drive a class-based political movement.
A little more than a year later, we’re still friends and see each other regularly, but this subject never comes up. Even though I am still certain that it was the best choice for us, I’m not sure how she feels about it, and when I think about everything she went through at the time, it makes me scared to bring it up and surface something she might want buried ...
Should I bring it up? Should I be scared of the future? I know something like this should leave a scar. Does it make me a bad person for not feeling like I have one?